3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2012
bottle. rich nose of peat and smoked ham complete with honey drizzle and light tough of esters. soil and peat character suggest alcohol simply from past experiences with scotch, I have to say. has a pleasant crispness with a medium body and delicate but full carbonation and soothing softness, that’s what makes it so good. lovely texture. sweet malt suggests honey and ham, and light hop bitterness with a touch of smoke astringency tingle the tongue. the body is certainly airy and fluffy, but perhaps more so than I like, and the grains are a bit coarse. I prefer a little bit more richness and fullness with the sweetness in strong lager and rauchbier. still, quite delicious and easy to love. Cybercat (5835) - Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Strong, malty aroma has a firm smoky overtone and a hint of - bacon? I get a hint of yeast as well. It pours a clear, coppery brown with a decent eggshell head. Malty flavor has a barbecue overtone, smoky and a little sweet, with hints of yeast and hops. Firm-bodied texture has good fizz. An interesting ale. dfearnley (2145) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 4, 2012
Poured from a 341mL bottle into (sadly) a plastic cup
It pours a pleasant clear amber with a 1cm head. Aromas are smoky, maple, and peppercorn. The smokiness is strong in the beginning and lingers. A nice amount of maltiness too helps balance the smokiness. wlajwl (6812) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2012 Aroma is smoke, grains and a hint of nuttiness. The flavor is smoke/BBQ, mildly sweet malts and some warming alcohol in the finish. drpimento (3639) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Awww, got a bum bottle. Let it warm out of the fridge and it opened without and gas escaping. Poured with zero head. Color is a clear amber and no bubble trails. Flavor’s actually pretty good except for the missing carbonic tang - but smoke, malt, sweet, bitter are good..Body is good despite the barest hint of carbonation. Finish is like flavor, with only a slight hint of smoke in a diminishing role. Unfortunate.
DocLock (10691) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Bottle from Capone’s at 7% ABV. Pours turbid rusty Carolina muddy clay clored with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is extremely heavy smoked malt, mild fruit, hops, and campfire smell. Tastes very smoky malty, with backup hops and a finishing tartness. Not as dense or complex as the Aecht offerings, but a solid rauchbier. Oakes (17684) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2012
Hazy dull orangey-amber. No head. Smokey aroma is beechy with light wood oven malts. Deep smokiness - I have no idea what manuka smoke is really like so I didn’t perceive that specifically. The malts are rich if unrefined. There is probably a bit too much yeast character for my tastes. A little bit of alcoholic strength in the finish. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2012
bottle from knightly. warm burnt umber. served a wee bit too chilled, needs some warmth to come out. nice aroma! rich sweet hickory and applewood, dense and deliciously enticing. the flavors are spot on, with deep oily smokiness that is very satisfying. it could use a malt and body boost but otherwise this is fun!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2012
Pours a cloudy copper color, with a thin off-white head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving behind a fair amount of lacing. Aroma of smoked bacon, which is to say, an oaked smokiness mingled with cured meat. Taste is more complex, however, with the sweetness of buttery toffee and toasted malts mingling with a salty, smoky flavor. As the beer warms, maltiness becomes more prominent and smokiness less so. Few, if any, hops are noticeable, and the alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is watery, with a moderate amount of carbonation. In conclusion: A beer that seems to split the difference between a doppelbock and rauchbier. If I didn’t know better, however, I’d say this one tilted more toward bock than smoked beer. The smoke is there, but it’s not very well defined either. mmather (185) - Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2012
Beautiful bronze color. Nice smokey and malty aroma. Awesome smoke flavor and balance with the bock portion of the beer. Harsher than amberg smoke yet milder than peat or some of the other hardwood smoke yet unique smoke character. A beautiful and unique smoked brew.